Staff at the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center recently collected gifts for troops serving in Afghanistan. The gifts were presented to Friends of Nevada County Military board member John Fuller to be put into the gift boxes sent to troops during the Christmas holidays.
The Grass Valley Interagency Command Center provides dispatch services for Nevada County and parts of Placer and Yuba counties.
The group dispatches all Cal Fire resources in these counties as well as equipment from 31 local government agencies. The United States Forest Service team dispatches resources for the Tahoe National Forest. In addition to fire equipment, the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center also coordinates air ambulance helicopters for this area.
In the early 1990s, the Grass Valley ICC was averaging between 12,000 and 15,000 calls per year. The number of calls has grown exponentially due to the increase in population in surrounding communities, as well as the acquisition of dispatch services for additional agencies. In 2012, the center dispatched 28,666 calls and expects to exceed that number this year.
Since its formation in late 2004, each month, Friends of Nevada County Military has sent gift boxes to service men and women from Nevada County deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“Over the past nine years, we have sent more than 6,000 boxes to deployed troops,” said John Fuller, Friends of Nevada County Military board member and a retired Air Force colonel. “We have been able to do this because of the strong support we have received over the years from both individuals and groups like the employees of the Grass Valley Emergency Command Center. We are grateful for their support.”